#127 Marius Reitz – The Role of Luno in Africa

In this episode of The Grey Ave Podcast, I sat down and interviewed Marius Reitz, Luno’s Country Manager for South Africa to shed some light on Luno at their Offices in Cape Town.

Luno was founded in 2013 and is one of the world’s leading digital currency companies. Luno allows its users (people and businesses) to buy, sell, store and learn about digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. It also facilitates bitcoin storage through their bitcoin wallet services. They also operate exchanges between traditional currencies and bitcoin.

Luno and PayFast facilitated one of the first crypto-currency integrations into a payment processor in the world. In 2016, Luno took part in the FCA Sandbox programme. This allows businesses to test financial products with regulatory supervision.
In September 2017, Luno raised $9 million in order to introduce its bitcoin wallet, exchange and services in Europe. Since November 2017, Luno has also supported Ethereum. At the start of 2018, Luno announced they had reached nearly 2 million customers and processed over $5 billion. They are pro-regulation.In April 2018, Luno registered with the Bank Negara Malaysia as a reporting body for the digital currencies.

Marius joined Luno in its early days and has played a role in the company’s success. In this episode, we explore

  • his background,
  • Luno’s early days
  • Current state of Crypto
  • The future of Cryptocurrencies
  • Luno’s place in the market, considering growing competetion

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#125 Alakanani Itireleng – The State of Cryptocurrency in Botswana

Grey Jabesi caught up with Alakanani Itireleng also known as Bitcoin Lady at Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 in Cape Town. She is Co-founder and CEO of Satoshi centre, a blockchain hub in Gaborone Botswana. Alakanani is a determined entrepreneur, positive about the new possibilities that bitcoin as a currency and technology can bring to the life of many more Botswanans in the near future. She got into bitcoin in early 2012 in order to raise enough money for her son’s hear and lung transplant. She is also a well-known bitcoin evangelist who since has been involved in teaching people of Botswana about bitcoin. and has spoken at conferences in Amsterdam, South Africa, Europe, and Russia.

In this interview with Alakanani, we talked a lot about her journey into the blockchain, bitcoin, and crypto in Botswana.

Satoshicentre: https://satoshicentre.tech/

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#123 Jermaine Ellis – How To Make Passive Income and Travel the World

Grey Jabesi caught up with an American traveler, entrepreneur and YouTuber Jermaine Ellis from San Francisco, California USA. He’s busy traveling the world, so far he traveled 51 countries. Started backpacking traveling around the world 10 years ago.

I had an awesome time interviewing Jermaine Ellis. He’s really good at creating non formal jobs for himself to earn passive income while having fun doing it. Jermaine’s methods is applicable to everyone; nine to fivers, entrepreneurs, stay at home parents and jobs seekers too. I hope you find this inspiring.

His top favorite countries are:
1. South Africa
2. Israel
3. England


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#121 Anthem Blanchard – Creating a Gold Backed Currency

I had an awesome interview with Anthem Blanchard. He’s CEO and Founder of Anthem Vault, also serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Anthem brings extensive knowledge of the gold and silver industry to the company. He was raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III, who helped restore Americans’ right to own gold and also founded rare coin and bullion company, Blanchard & Company.

Anthem Vault provides individuals with an efficient and liquid way to buy, own, and sell fractional amounts of physical, 100% fine gold and silver bullion. Anthem Vault’s spinoff company AnthemGold is launching an Ethereum-based utility token, HERCULES (ticker: HERC), that functions to verify the existence of the gold backing its digital, spendable Anthem (ticker: AGLD) token. Each Anthem token is backed by one gram of physical gold, can be redeemed for physical gold, and will soon be tradeable person-to-person on a private network.

I interviewed Anthem Blanchard and CTO Logan Golema on episode #96 A New Era of Supply Chain Management. But in this episode, we focus on gold and AGLD.

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Links:https://anthemgold.com/
https://herc.one/

#120 Brock Pierce -The Mastermind of Digital Assets

“Not the score, not even the results but how you play” – Brock Pierce.

On a chilled sunny Thursday evening after a long mountain hike. I managed to get hold of the Unicorn; Brock Pierce to talk about…everything. I have lots of respect for the Billionaire, Child actor, Entrepreneur, technologist etc. Especially in the digital asset space, I’ve always admired people who accomplished a lot in a relatively small amount of time but in multiple industries. Brock is one of those guys.

Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He’s been credited with pioneering the market for digital currency and has raised more than $5B for companies he has founded.

In 2013, Pierce joined brothers Bart and Bradford Stephens in founding venture capital firm Blockchain Capital (BCC) which was reported to have raised $85 million in two venture funds by October 2017. Described as its managing partner, Pierce announced a $50 million Initial Coin Offering (ICO) by BCC in February 2017. On its launch in June 2017, the currency was named EOS and marketed through a new vehicle called Block.one of which Pierce was variously described as co-founder, head, minority partner and advisor.

In this interview, Grey Jabesi and Brock Pierce discussed:
– His early beginnings as an actor
– Mt Gox AKA Gox Rising
– Tether
– EOS
– Money and Wealth

Website Links:https://brockpierce.io/
: https://bitcoinfoundation.org/forum/
Follow Brock Pierce on twitter: https://twitter.com/brockpierce

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#118 Meir Ezra – How To Become Jewish in 10 Minutes

If you want to know how powerful you are. Count the times you’ve been punched or whacked by life” – Meir Ezra

This a 3rd of my on-going snippet episodes with Meir Ezra. We all know the stereotype of Jews being financially successful and in this episode, Meir took a tongue and cheek approach to why Jews tend to be more successful.

To listen to my very 1st interview with Meir, see How to make a 100 million dollars.

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#114 Steve Distante – Tesla’s No.1 Fan, Impact Investing

Steve Distante is an entrepreneur and CEO (as he likes to say, “Chief Entrepreneurial Officer”) of Vanderbilt Financial Group. He started his first business when he was only 5 years old. He is also the Founder and Chief Disruption Officer at Impact U, a platform that educates students, investors, & financial advisors, alike about Impact Investing.

He is known as “Tesla’s biggest and /or #1 Fan. His love for Tesla first started when he saw Revenge of the Electric Car. Tesla is a great thing for the world.

I did a couple of interviews with Steve, but in this episode, we talked about these key points;
-How can he advice an average person or someone who wants to buy a car?
-The current Project Impact U. What is the main aim of Impact U firm? a documentary that would be the ideal tool for attracting people interested in using their businesses and investments to make the world a better place.
-What does impact Investing mean?
-What is the role of impact investing and entrepreneurism in achieving the SDGs?
-At what point did Steve become an impact investor?
-Steve’s thoughts about Cryptocurrency etc
I recommend that you check it out other podcasts I did with Steve and listen to his advice and learn his lesson in this episode.
Episode 27 – Driving Tesla – Living Electric
Episode 28 – Lesson on Entrepreneurship


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#113 JP Fabri – How Malta became the Blockchain Island

“The regulation is there as a filter to make sure that the investment opportunity presented by the issuer is real” – JP Fabri

Malta has won hearts of many people in the Blockchain space. It’s not surprising seeing some of the largest players including Binance, OKEx, Decentralized ventures and many others incorporated there. It’s true, Malta is the Blockchain Island.

Considering that blockchain technology is relatively new, there’s interest on both private and private sectors as the potential of distributed ledgers is very disruptive in many ways. In my recent conversations with government officials including Hellen Zille(Premier of the Western Cape), the issue of regulation always pops up and they mostly reference what’s happening in Malta.

Enters….Jean Paul Fabri(JP Fabri for short). An economist and one of the most active experts behind the success in Malta. JP is the Managing Director of ARQ, a specialised advisory unit that forms part of ARQ Group. He is also the Lead Partner for ARQ Group on blockchain and cryptocurrencies helping global companies set-up their operations in Malta. He has consulted 9 governments of small island states on behalf of The Commonwealth Secretariat. He worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Malta, the private cabinet of the Prime Minister of Malta and in private advisory. JP is also a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at The University of Malta.

In this episode, Grey Jabesi interviews JP Fabri and discussed:
-How did Malta became interested in Blockchain
-How Malta approached blockchain
-Why regulate
-How do they make sure regulation is not stifling innovation
-Potential and opportunities of Blockchain technology in Africa
-His views on ICOs and cryptocurrencies


 

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#104 Maja Vujinovic – shEOS co-Founder

Maja Vujinovic is an entrepreneur, investor and a CEO of OGroup. She started her career as Director of Strategy and Corporate development at Tanex Corporation. From 2010 to 2013, she served as a Senior investment officer at Zakhem International. In 2013, she joined Riverside Advisors on a position of Consultant. From 2015 to 2018, she worked as a Chief innovation officer at GE Digital, co- Founded shEOS and OGroup where she currently serves as CEO, focusing on blockchain for enterprise.

Maja moved to the US at the age of 14 due to war. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Finance, Masters in Diplomacy/International studies and Law Degree. She has helped built government and enterprise infrastructure across industries such as mobile tech, global payments, energy and healthcare.

As a Chief Innovation Officer of Emerging Tech at General Electric Digital, she spearheaded the full framework for blockchain. She ran pilots across treasury, aviation, energy, provenance and additive manufacturing.


In this episode we discussed:
– Her war experience
– Career beginnings
– Challenges facing women in STEM
– How to approach investing in Blockchain/Crypto
– shEOS
– Possible future of Blockchain

Links:
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/maja-vujinovic#section-overview
https://www.conscious.enterprises/convos/2018/11/12/maja-vujinovic-founder-amp-ceo-of-ogroup
https://www.linkedin.com/in/majavujinovic/

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#98 Steve Nathan – Demystifying Investing & Retirement

In this episode. Grey Jabesi interviews Steve Nathan. Founder and CEO of 10X investments.
Ex JSE’s top rated investment analyst who envisioned a more transparent way to run retirements funds and made it happen 10X is currently managing retirement funds worth R8bn on behalf of 150 companies.

Steve is known for criticizing the status quo of retirement funds and their practises. I watched several interviews and read articles of him talking about this subject. I decided to reach out after meeting him at a Daily Maverick event.

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